By Appointment is best. You might get lucky just popping by, but a great deal of the month I am out visiting artists or scouring up new items, so days in the gallery are limited.
In accordance with the request of local authorities our gallery in Kyoto will be closed from April 1st until further notice.
Kawai Kanjiro Haku-yu Tea Bowl
Please refer to our stock # 1597 when inquiring.
A colorful spray decorates the white glazed body of this bowl by Kawai Kanjiro enclosed in a wooden box titled Hakuji Hana-e Wan (White Glazed Bowl with Floral Design) annotated by his daughter (and former head of the Kawai Kanjiro Museum) Kawai Koha. The bowl is set on a tall foot, with rough sandy edges surrounding the base. It is 12 cm (4-3/4 inches) diameter,10 cm (4 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Kawai Kanjiro was a true artist by nature, and together with Hamada Shoji, set a pattern of study for modern potters. After graduating the Tokyo School of Industrial Design, he came to study in Kyoto, eventually establishing his own kiln on the Gojo-no-Saka (It remains standing today and is a must see for anyone visiting Kyoto). Together with compatriots Hamada Shoji and Bernard Leach (with whom he traveled throughout Asia) established the modern Mingei movement in ceramics, the most influential ceramics movement in the 20th century. His research on glazes (of which he developed thousands over a lifetime of work) remains influential as well. Refusing to be limited to ceramics, Kanjiro also worked in bronze, wood and paint. An interesting final note on this unusual artist, when offered the title of Living National Treasure, an honor bestowed on very few, he declined.